by Dave Conifer
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Wrecker by Dave Conifer

Jane thought a loveless marriage was as bad as it could get.

Steve thought life was perfect with a hired man to do his chores.

They were both wrong.

Jane Havelock is coping a day at a time in a bad marriage when her husband Steve hires handyman Rob Manteo for a never-ending series of odd jobs around the house. At first Jane is repulsed by Manteo, a huge, muscular man with primitive communication skills. But revulsion reluctantly gives way to curiosity and even fascination as loneliness drives her into a precarious friendship with Manteo. He's morose and mysterious, but there's definitely more to him than meets the eye.

As her marriage and her husband's career crumble around her, Jane digs into Manteo's past and uncovers a horrible secret. She knows now that it was more than chance that brought Manteo into their world, but it may be too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781456584535
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/20/2011
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Wrecker (Thriller, Suspense, Revenge) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
GraceKrispy More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. There were some neat connections that tied the story together and made for an exciting plot. These connections result in a satisfying, if a little unrealistic, ending. The final twist is definitely unexpected, and I'm not sure how I felt about it. I found it interesting, and it just added that much more to the ending, but the way it was written made it seem a little outlandish. I think it would have gone over better had the reveal been a little more subtle. I really liked the character of Jane. I found her believable and interesting, and the most developed character in the book. I found Steve a little more cliche. His reactions seemed more over-the-top than the story called for, and he was almost a caricature of a busy, disinterested husband. Rob's character had a lot of potential, but he confused me at times. I realize he may not have been "all there" mentally, but I never quite got the whole "I'm doing it for her" train of thought. It seemed such a big part of his motivation, but I felt that particular thread didn't have a lot of closure. From the emphasis on that, I thought it might have played a bigger role down the line. The relationship between Jane and Rob was fascinating, and it was fun to follow the path it took throughout the story. The writing was stylistically very simple, which made for a fast read. The story was engaging and interesting, with several twists and turns along the way. I found sections of dialogue to be somewhat unrealistic and trite at times, however. Some of the information presented through dialogue may have been better shown through actions, or by taking a step inside the characters' heads. Although the plot itself has a lot of depth, I felt the writing lacked some of that depth. The story dragged here and there, but it never dragged to the point where I wanted to put the book down. I was definitely interested from beginning to end. Towards the ending, the shifts between scenes and characters were quicker, and that was in line with the upcoming climax. All in all, an interesting and fun read! 3.5 /5 stars @ MotherLode blog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book only if you are not a fan of edge of your seat thrillers. I am disappointed, I think there was some real potential to the story but instead it turned out very predictable.
Kashenka20 More than 1 year ago
interesting...although rather predictable. I felt like Steve should have had more coming to him...he was a real jerk in the book! I would like to see a sequel....
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
My favorite fiction genre is the thriller so this book was a perfect fit for my tastes. It has all the elements you look for in a thriller - conflict, mystery, and an intense thrilling conclusion, hence the name. The character of Jane was someone I immediately connected with and liked. Her husband Steve was irritating and unlikeable in the beginning and got worse as the story progressed, becoming a full-fledged . I'm not sure I should use the word I want here . suffice it to say I disliked him more and more. The character of Rob Manteo was mysterious and strange, yet along with Jane, I found myself sympathizing and liking him. The pacing and the storyline were both good with a few twists at the end that I wouldn't have predicted, yet were consistent with everything that happened before. Although an excellent read, I do have a couple reservations. First, the ending, while satisfying in many ways, also left me feeling conflicted. Part of me says it was the right ending and another part feels setup. My other reservation isn't about the book's contents, but the cover. The cover is an excellent depiction of what Rob Manteo might look like. However, the message it sent me as a potential reader was to expect something in the horror genre, not a thriller. All too often readers do judge a book by its cover. I suspect Conifer might be losing potential readers who don't make it as far as the book description. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
LarryEnright More than 1 year ago
Simple enough. You need work done around the house. You bump into a guy at Home Depot who does it cheap. You hire him. Three simple things - who could imagine that they would have anything to do with a convoluted mystery that has wrapped itself around the Havelock family and begins to strangle the life out of it. But it seems like every time their new found worker Manteo does something wonderful at the house, a piece of their life unravels somewhere else. His simple manners and straightforward attitude become the only things that haven't started breaking down. Then, comes the part you won't read in this review, the part that turns Wrecker into a thrill ride that you can't put down. Read this book. It's a fine piece of mystery/thriller writing that you will love and think about long after you're done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Because of my schedule, I'm a slow reader but once I started this book I couldn't stop. Finished it in very good time. For $0.99, its a great bargain!
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Wrecker is a thriller in the true sense of the word. This is the story of Steve and Jane Havelock and their four year old daughter Allie. Steve was an arrogant loudmouth and abusive husband. He blamed his family for anything that went wrong. Jane was a likable woman, trying to cope with her dense husband. Steve hired a stranger, Rob Manteo, to do the handyman chores around the house. Rob charged little for his work, convincing Steve it was a real bargain. There was a sense of secrecy and mystery surrounding Rob. At first Jane was uncomfortable around him; but she was also lonely, and soon she made friends with the large, muscular man. Wrecker is sure to keep the reader rapidly turning pages. There are enough twists and turns to make a pretzel. Every time I thought I had it figured out there would be another twist, and I'd realize I was wrong. I easily connected to the character of Jane. Steve and Rob were enigmas. It was hard to judge which one was really the bad guy. Both men had been wronged. This book contains coarse language, but is an excellent thriller.
SonyaIA More than 1 year ago
Very fast read for someone who doesnt read fast.
kcwcwguy More than 1 year ago
Normally this is not the type of book I read. I'm more into sci-fi and fantasy. I ended up winning a free copy and decided I would give it chance. Glad I did. Once I started, I had to keep reading. I was working right along with Jane to solve the mystery part of the book. I figured out the answer right before it was revealed, but you have to keep reading to find out what happens and to catch the little twist at the end. I would definitely recommend this book. It will keep your attention.
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Bob_W13 More than 1 year ago
When I first started this book I was not sure if I would like it. But as I got into, it's defiantly a good book. It keeps you wondering just how it is going to end. I will be reading more by this author.
jaenjain More than 1 year ago
Wrecker is a great suspense novel, a real page turner that keeps you engaged and guessing right up until the end. The characters are interesting, you become involved in them and that helps to drive you on as much as the plots twists that make it hard to put the book down. I highly recommend this story for everyone!
BJCINFL More than 1 year ago
This book is about a family who hires a handy man with ulterior motives. All I can say is it is a great read, will keep you interested and on the edge of your seat until the very last page! I read it in one day and was left in shock at how something like this can happen to everyday people. You will not be disappointed in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My vision requires white print on black background. This shows black on black.
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MVM95 More than 1 year ago
The novel was ohkay. I did not really like the ending because I wanted to hear more. I am sure others, like myself, figured out the whole twist towards the beginning. So it was very frustrating when Jane could not put two and two together. The novel reminded me very mush of the movie trapped with Dakota Fanning and Courtney Love. I give this book a 6 1/2 because it was good but I wish that Jane and Steve had a better relationship. Well thanks for reading. -MVM(: